Sometimes a book, or even just a line, chapter or passage within a book can stick with us long after we’ve read its final page. We asked some of our favorite community members to tell us about a book that’s had a meaningful impact on them.

Mosi Magic | Cosmetologist

I just finished Big Magic ….. I thought it was fated because I refer to myself as Mosi Magic. I have built my persona as a beauty and wellness fairy sprinkling glam. Elizabeth Gilbert wrote the book about how to be practical and magical, while keeping your day job. Creativity and inspiration are acts of Divinity. This book gave me perspective on realistically enjoying cosmetology. Read more>>

Jada Tsion | A Visionary

‘The Success Principles’. This book teaches you the value of taking 100% responsibility for your own life, changing your behaviors, recreating your life by choosing your higher self and being self-aware. This book serves a huge purpose in my life. I went through a rough transition between the months of December and March, whilst still experiencing this transition, I had to make a decision of staying in the space I was in emotionally and mentally or growing from the trauma I experienced and I didn’t know how to do that, I knew I wanted to get out of that space, I just didn’t know where to start. I’ve gained a lot of knowledge through reading, ‘The Success Principles’ and it’s gotten/getting me through a life-changing experience. “Taking 100% responsibility means you acknowledge that you create everything that happens to you. It means you understand that you are the cause of all of your experiences. Everything you think, say, and do needs to become intentional and aligned with your purpose, your values, and your goals.” Read more>>

Brandilynn | Model & Podcast Host of Rad Chat With Brandilynn

When I read the book, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” it impacted me as a coming of age book. Growing up as an outsider I resonated with the main character as he navigates throughout the book. It takes place in high school which was a crucial part of my teen years. I was the weird rocker girl (or wallflower) who was bullied & finding my way, while also going through a lot of at home traumas. I felt like this book truly impacted me as I could connect to the main character and his hardships, but also as he finds his friends and tries to live his life even though he has trauma in his home life too. There’s a part in the book where there’s a line that says: “and in that moment I swear we were infinite” and that resonated with me so much that I wanted to live for infinite moments in life because although life is hard, it can be beautiful if you find those moments to cherish. Read more>>

Richard Lee Smith Jr. | Artist

I’m reading for the second time now. The Sophia Code by Kaia Ra. This book is so powerful and life changing that I started it again. It’s a channeled book from seven ascended masters. It’s basically a modern mystery school, each ascended master walks you through initiations that are integrated Into your daily life. I’ve changed so much since reading it that I’m moving to Taos New Mexico to be closer to nature and the art scene there. Read more>>

Derek Jerome INTL.CMD | Freelance Music Composer

Right now, I’m re-reading Neuromancer by William Gibson. I came on sort of late to Sci-Fi and Sci-Fi classics, but was introduced to this book while listening to one of the greatest American professors Rick Roderick. In his lecture series ‘Nietzsche and the Post Modern Condition’ he quoted the opening line from Neuromancer, “The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.” I couldn’t stop thinking about that line so I got the book soon after and wasn’t able to put it down until I finished it. Neuromancer was my first proper introduction to the cyberpunk genre and it opened a new world of escape and exploration for me. I always get inspired with new ideas for music after reading books or watching movies in this genre. Without Neuromancer I don’t think we’d have Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 Ghost in the Shell movie. Read more>>

Garbage Pepper | The Termites (Karen, Krista, and Lara)

I have read Jurassic Park about 15 times and it is an amazing book. The movie is great (middling sequels notwithstanding) but the book will knock your socks off. Dinosaurs? Chaos theory? Baby t-rexes eating people? If you’ve ever thought “I’d love to read a morality tale that has dinosaurs but also gets into string theory” then you’ll love it. I literally tell people to read it constantly and they never do so now I’m going to tell you to read it. Read more>>

Ace and Anna Ellett | Puzzle Game Creators

One of my favorite books is Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal. The book discusses how studies have shown that a lot of the vegging-out activities we do, don’t provide happiness chemicals to our brains. It also presents what our brains actually want, which is, surprisingly, work! But it can’t just be any work. Our brains want to be doing “clearly defined, demanding activities that allow us to see the direct impact of our efforts.” Creating tasks and activities that provide this type of work can be accomplished in many, if not any, fields, but as a game and puzzle maker, I have the joy of being on the front lines of creating this type of fun work for people’s brains every day. Games provide our brain many of opportunities for this “satisfying work,” and have different ways of releasing happiness chemicals. Specifically, puzzle games provide opportunities to engage in invigorating tasks and conquer difficult challenges which generate intrinsic rewards. Fine-tuning a game so that it optimizes the chance of the ah-ha-I’ve-got-it moment is definitely the best part of my job. Read more>>

Jacob Adams | Executive Director, Activist, Artist

Two books that have had a profound impact on myself and my education philosophy are Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks and Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire. Both of these text helped me realize the role our current education system plays in maintaining the status quo as well as education’s potential to be a liberatory practice. In Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks describes education as the “practice of freedom.” bell hooks really pushed me to think about how the classroom space must be a space where students and teachers alike can be their true selves. This requires disrupting the current power dynamics that exist between teachers and students and creating a much more democratic learning environment. A learning environment where individuals can struggle together as they redefine and recreate the world they wish to live in. Read more>>

Bruce Hamilton | Founder of Wing Zero Apps

The book that had the biggest impact on me is Without Their Permission by Alexis Ohanian, founder of Reddit. At the time I initially read “Without Their Permission”, I was on the fence on if I was going to make the leap of faith into a career change from music to technology. Ohanian’s journey of creating Reddit including all the ups and downs gave me all the confidence I needed to take the plunge. Whenever I’m in doubt regarding my career, I always refer back to this book. I strongly advise for every entrepreneur no matter what industry to read this. Read more>>

Andie Sandoval | Recording Artist, Grammy Nominated Songwriter, Voice Over Actress, Poet.

My favorite book of all time is “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. What I love about this book is that every time I read it I learn something new about it and myself. The story really resonates with me as it’s about a shepherd and his journey to the pyramids of Egypt, after having a recurring dream of finding a treasure there. If you think about it, it’s basically what we go through in life. So when I dive deep into is it basically feels as if the Universe is reminding me that it’s all about the journey of becoming what real treasure is. And as cliche as it may sound it really grounds me to remember to be present and savor every teaching each chapter life offers to me as it unfolds. The funniest thing about a dreamer is finding out that the dream is not something you achieve but something you live everyday. I am living my dream, everyday, that’s why I love. Read more>>

Anna Lee | Artist & Animator & Content Creator

I read a lot of fiction, but the one relevant book I’ve read recently is a book called UltraLearning by Scott H. Young. The author essentially lays out useful methods in learning a new skill especially in a way that isn’t time-consuming. He gives real life examples, including his own, of people who’ve learned new skills and have benefited tremendously from doing so. He elaborates on how people feeling stuck in their current profession can use those skills not only to be able to compete in industries where adapting to new technologies and trends are becoming increasingly necessary, but also feel extremely accomplished in themselves. Naturally, his book was super informative and inspiring for me as an aspiring creative professional who is trying to be open about all the possible career paths I have. Personally, using Young’s methods for learning, I’ve tried learning how to code in C#, which is widely known as the easiest language, but still presented a pretty huge challenge. Read more>>

Eman Esfandi | Artist

Life changing book for me.. So many of it’s simple, yet still entertaining, lessons are key staples of my day to day decision making process. My favorite quote is “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” That alone has been huge in relentlessly choosing to do follow the threads of Joy. Only doing what my heart truly wants to do and finally being okay with not compromising myself to do what others say I should. I don’t believe in “should.” I believe that deep down you already know what you want, but it’s our egos and the opinions of others that can often have too much say in which decisions we make. We all come equipped with an inner voice. Our own inner compass. You’ve got your journey, your story, your life to live and if you can trust that the map of your heart is indeed the map to follow, then you will be rewarded. Read more>>

Kristen Schulte | Author & Blogger

I love to read and own a lot of books that range from romance to mystery, biographies to sci-fi to philosophy. However, I’m most drawn to books filled with romance and mystery. My favorite books have to be; “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks, “The Tea Rose” by Jennifer Donnelly, and “YOU” by Caroline Kepnes. There’s a whole list of reasons why I love these books. “The Notebook” is a classic romance novel. It gives you that feeling of finding true love and the risks you’ll take to be with the one you love. “The Tea Rose” is a historical, romance fiction novel, it is also a series. This novel has the perfect mix of romance but also dives into mystery. Lastly, “YOU” pretty much speaks for itself. It has the perfect touch of romance but mystery and is very twisted. It’s the kind of novel that just draws you in and you can’t stop reading. Not to mention, it is a series, as well as it is well-known for its Television series. All three of these novels have played a part in inspiring me to want to write novels. Read more>>